Book Reviews · Young Adult

Books we’re thankful for

I just *adore* Thanksgiving..seriously, everything about it.  I love the food (you can find me eating my body weight in turkey and sweet potatoes), I’m obsessed with the parade (it’s one of my bucket list items to see it IRL…*hint hint, hubby*), and I’ll never complain about having the day off from work!  But my favorite, FAVORITE part is that it’s one day that people are encouraged to just be thankful.

In that spirit, we started talking about books that we are thankful for.  Sometimes it’s a book that teaches a lesson or produces all the feels, while other times it’s a book that just reminds you why you fell in love with reading in the first place.

6900Tuesdays with Morrie

So the story goes, Mitch Albom had an amazing college professor that truly took interest in his life and helped him to become all he could be during college.  Then, as it always does, life got in the way and Mitch lost track of his mentor until he heard that Morrie was diagnosed with ALS.  Upon this discovery, Mitch begins to visit Morrie in his study, rekindling their relationship while working on a final project: sharing Morrie’s lessons on living.  It’s a very emotional journey, especially if you’ve ever lost someone to ALS, but it contains so many lessons and stories that need to be shared.

Side note: if you’re interested in donating to the ALS Association, visit their website.

3Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I have a confession…I didn’t read this until 2 years ago. Yes, I know I’m so late to the party, but for some reason it just never crossed my mind to read it.  But once I did, I saw why people were so obsessed. It’s truly magical.  Although I should probably be thankful that I didn’t read this until years when I turned 11, because I’d still be bitter that my Hogwarts acceptance letter hasn’t arrived. (actually that’s not true, still bitter… post owl, where you at?!).

For other life lessons from J.K. Rowling’s masterpieces, visit the online Pottermore community.

233722The Baby-Sitters Club

Many MANY years ago, I was passed a book on the school bus and it changed my life. I had a 2 hour bus ride to AND from school everyday and it got really old, fast. Enter my love of reading. Suddenly, I was consumed with the babysitters and their friendship and their adventures. I grew up in a very rural area and didn’t have a lot of friends to play with so I liked reading about the babysitters and their neighborhood mischief. Mary-Anne was my favorite, I loved her sense of organization (mostly because I wanted to be but couldn’t ever get it together-still can’t as a 30 year old 🤷🏼‍♀️)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. 11206566

Oh, Margaret. Is there actually ANYONE out there who hasn’t read this one? I remember reading and seeing a bad word and telling myself I wouldn’t read another word (I was a really good kid) but feeling so guilty that I couldn’t stay away. I marked out any future “bad words”. I highlighted my favorite parts. I even dog-eared (gasp) many pages. My mom didn’t tell me anything about kissing, boys (other than to stay away HA LIKE THAT WORKED) periods, so I have Judy Blume to thank for my middle school sex-ed.

Have you read any of these? What books should we add to this list? Let us know!

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